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Then & Now

oldMohawk

master brummie
Long ago on an unknown date someone decided to turn a photo of Eileen Road Sparkhill into a postcard. The houses look established but paving looks recently laid. The road surface is not finished and turf for verges not laid. Two unattended dogs are out in the road as they often were in those days.
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Today the road is altered to suit modern-day lifestyle. The paving and verges replaced by tarmac but some trees are well established.
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mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
Well, I hope that the cucumber was thin enough to read a newspaper through it. That is course it the 'correct' :Dmanner for cucumber sandwiches.
I believe that Dolly, the sister of Pte. Godfrey MM, made them that way.
132438India, 1870. Struggling to cope with the relentless heat, a group of British Army officers take refuge in a tea house. To help them cool down, they order a quintessential English dish: crustless, dainty sandwiches containing paper-thin slices of cucumber. To drink, a steaming pot of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
phil thats a lovely clear shot of st james the less church ashted...i have my 4xgt grandparents buried there in the 1830s i think it was...would have to double check my notes though

lyn


Lyn I know you know that some of the Gravestones are still in situ on Windsor Street, they have just been laid flat, but have you seen this site by ex member Syngyst,


also this page on here,

 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
yes i paid a visit to the site of the church about 3 years back phil...thanks for those links i will have a look at them asap

lyn
 

Radiorails

master brummie
View attachment 132438India, 1870. Struggling to cope with the relentless heat, a group of British Army officers take refuge in a tea house. To help them cool down, they order a quintessential English dish: crustless, dainty sandwiches containing paper-thin slices of cucumber. To drink, a steaming pot of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea.
They look tasty, however, the cucumber is sliced too thickly and those officers would have sent it back to the kitchen. ;)
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
In the 1930s Dobson & Crowther were busy making paper bags in that four storey building on the corner of Aston Rd North and Powell St. The petrol pumps of the Aston Brook Garage can also be seen on the other corner.
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One night in WW2 the sirens sounded and soon the Luftwaffe were overhead and the factory took a direct hit which destroyed it as seen in this pic. The petrol pumps of the garage opposite were still upright.
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At the date of the modern photo below a grey building stands approximately in the same position with the Aston Expressway behind it.
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mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
In the 1930s Dobson & Crowther were busy making paper bags in that four storey building on the corner of Aston Rd North and Powell St. The petrol pumps of the Aston Brook Garage can also be seen on the other corner.
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One night in WW2 the sirens sounded and soon the Luftwaffe were overhead and the factory took a direct hit which destroyed it as seen in this pic. The petrol pumps of the garage opposite were still upright.
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At the date of the modern photo below a grey building stands approximately in the same position with the Aston Expressway behind it.
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did they rebuild it and rippingills parafine heater co move there.that is what i seem to remember in 1960
 
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Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
I believe the Albion is closed down at the moment, I know there was some talk of a new management late last year though I don't know if it ever happened.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
did they rebuild it and rippingills parafine heater co move there.that is what i seem to remember in 1960
I've looked for a photo of what was there in the 1950s and 1960s but cannot find anything. A Google Earth aerial view dated 1945 shows a cleared bombsite. On the opposite corner was the Aston Brook garage and for a nice pic of it see the following
I know this is an old thread, but I came across this photo the other day. The information with it says that it is the junction of Powell St & Aston Rd North. If this is so then the public house in view has to be the General Havelock. The problem is the name on the facade of the pub doesn't look as if it says that. Can anybody who knew that stretch of Aston Rd North help?
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oldMohawk

master brummie
A bomb damage 'then and now' ...
There were two intensive air raids on Birmingham in the autumn of 1940.
The first on 15th October started at 8.15pm and lasted until 4.00am with approximately 150 high explosive bombs dropped and 94 incidents caused by incendiary bombs.
The second raid on Friday 22nd November 1940 started at 6.40pm and lasted until 5.49am. Approximately 600 high explosive bombs and 300 sets of incendiary bombs were dropped.
One of the above raids must have cause the damage shown below
Source Barra ... https://database.birminghamairraids.co.uk/record/?id=3831

Shoothill show this pic entitled 'bomb damage at Cox's Screw Factory, Charles Henry Street, Highgate'. The location is correct because Rowton House is in view top left in the pic. One interesting item is the barrage balloon just below the skyline in the centre of the pic. It was probably lowered in the daytime and maybe flown from a site in Highgate Park.
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The map below dated 1937 shows Albion Screw Works (for some reason not Cox's !) shaded green, with adjacent houses shaded pink. Rowton House shaded blue.
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The aerial view below dated 1937 shows the screw factory (shaded green), the adjacent houses (shaded pink) and Rowton House (blue) far right.
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source 'britainfromabove'

A matching aerial view today. The factory site would be behind the tower block and the Rowton House building (now a hotel) is on the right. Thomas Street is now just a footpath.
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A modern view from Charles Henry Street looking across the factory site towards the former Rowton House building.
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